New Technologies for Electricians
The past decade has seen major advancements in consumer technologies. Nonetheless, we tend to focus so much on the consumer market and forget that technology is also making major strides in other industries. One of the industries that are experiencing and benefiting from technological innovation is the electrical industry.
Over the years, the growth of electrical construction has relied so much on technological advancements. We have seen many innovative tech tools make a positive impact on the industry in Australia. Nonetheless, no matter how good the results are, innovation never stops. On that note, here are the six new technologies that electricians can use to achieve sustainable electrical projects;
Because robotics improves the speed and accuracy of work, it is widely used to replace human labour and thus, associated with job loss. Nonetheless, electrical trade requires immense skill and hand-eye coordination which robotics is yet to achieve.
Therefore, it is widely used in places where the safety of an electrician would be compromised, e.g. places with high electrical hazards, helping reduce accidents and fatalities.
Drones are another useful piece of technology in electrical construction. They are an easy way to survey and monitor project sites since they eliminate the need to explore the site physically. Therefore, if you are an electrical contractor handling two projects, a drone is a major convenience technological piece.
As for the price, drones are becoming more popular and hence affordable. Today, even small electrical contractors can afford them.
Wearables, like Fitbits and smartwatches, may seem like luxury items, but these technologies have useful applications in the electrical trade. Although wearables in the trade are still in early development stages, they are mostly used to enhance safety, e.g., the Proxxi safety wristband that vibrates when the wearer gets too close to high-voltage electricity.
Another wearable with the user’s safety in mind is Sole Power smart boots. The boots not only provide warnings about proximity hazards, overheating, and falls, they are also self-charging.
4. The Internet of Things (IoT)
Since 5G is already here, a widespread application of the IoT is expected. As more people adopt this technology, it will not only present new job opportunities to electricians, but they may also start using internet-connected tools themselves.
5. Project Management Software
As an electrical subcontractor, you need to keep your workers informed on their goals, tasks, and deadlines. Paper documents no longer work; therefore, the trade is shifting towards using software programs connected to the cloud. These programs allow you to track progress, respond to issues in real-time, and make changes more easily.
6. Augmented Reality (AR)
AR has potentially useful and convenient applications in the industry. For instance, using a smart helmet with AR glasses by DAQRI, electricians can now determine the layout of electrical connections of a building without having to look at the plans constantly.
These are just a few of the new technologies that have the potential to impact the trade greatly. Even though more technological innovation is expected in the coming years, those electricians quickest to implement these technologies will have the upper hand in the Australian market.